Product recalls are nothing new; they exist in just about every industry. However in the medical device industry, 2012 saw a significant jump in recalls. According to the ExpertRECALL index, over 123 million device units were recalled alone in the first quarter of 2012. Not surprising, there has been a noticeable increase in device failure [...]
In cases of severe heart attack such as STEMI (ST- segment elevation myocardial infarction), delay in restoring blood flow directly impacts the patient’s medical outcome. An audit in 2005 conducted by Canadian hospitals in the province of Manitoba, reviewed ambulatory procedures for cardiac patients. The audit revealed that only 14% of patients received blood clot [...]
About Remote Monitoring for Cardiac Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverters Defibrillators Patients
In the innovative age of communication technology, new options are available for following-up patients implanted with cardiac pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD)s. Many companies offer devices with wireless capabilities that communicate automatically with home receivers, which then relay data to the physician, allowing remote patient follow-up and monitoring.